Nintendo Switch Crosses 1 Million in Japan Far Faster Than PS4 Did

Nintendo Switch Crosses 1 Million in Japan Far Faster Than PS4 Did

Nintendo's newest reaches a major milestone in the company's home region.

With the latest Media Create report for hardware and software sales in Japan, the Nintendo Switch has officially crossed 1 million units sold in the region. The total according to Media Create is 1,014,000 units, while Famitsu is a smidge higher with 1,016,473 units sold since the March 3, 2017 launch of the system.

Everyone is expecting big things from Splatoon 2 in Japan.

Three Switch games sit on the top 20 currently. Arms is #1 with 28,748 sold for the week and 129,400 units sold to date. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds on at #5 and has sold 535,636 units to date, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one spot behind with 513,038 units sold to date.

The Nintendo Switch took 17 weeks to cross the 1 million milestone, which is way ahead of the PlayStation 4. Sony's console rules the roost worldwide with 60 million sold, but it took 46 weeks (from February 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015) to reach 1 million.

Oddly enough, the PlayStation 4 took number one in hardware sales for the week (June 19 to June 25) with 25,680 units sold, while the Switch only sold 22,361 units. While PS4 sales have remained steady, that's a drop for the Switch.

As far as we can tell, Nintendo's console remains supply-constrained in Japan, leading some to believe the company is holding back for the July 21 launch of Splatoon 2. The original Splatoon sold 1,484,797 copies before it dropped off the Media Create Top 20, which marks the endpoint of sales tracking. That was an impressive number for a new IP on a system that had only sold 3.2 million in the region at that point and folks believe the sequel will have the same legs.

Regardless, the Switch is primed to do well in Japan. The region loves portables over home consoles and the Switch lineup has a number of Japanese fan-favorites in the coming months, including Splatoon 2, Monster Hunter XX, and Dragon Quest X.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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